STATES CHRONICLE – Memes have been around for a very long time, albeit with a slightly different meaning. But in their current, we probably all know what they refer to. And it’s undeniable that some of them, if not most of them, are at someone’s expense. This happened to Leon Mitchell II, as the cancer survivor finds he’s the object of “Meth Curry” meme.
Leon Mitchell II has suffered for years from cancer. He eventually beat it, but not after both his disease and the equally damaging treatment took their toll on him.
As with most cancer victims, he lost a lot of weight, becoming pretty much a husk of who he used to be. This story, however, has a happy ending, as the husband and father of two managed to beat his disease, and to move on with his life.
However, at some point, some internet trolls found a picture of the now very slim Mitchell, and found that he looked like someone else. If that someone else was on meth.
So this is how the “Meth Curry” meme was born. Mitchell, drained by his disease and treatment, turned out to resemble a very skinny NBA legend – Stephen Curry.
Since meth generally gets you to lose a lot of weight, a picture of the NBA star and one of Mitchell were put one next to the other, with the caption “Meth Curry”, implying that the second picture was of the basketball player after becoming addicted to meth.
This how it happens most of the time with internet memes, as we’ve seen from the relatively recent emergence of internet celebrities such as Overly Attached Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian, Scumbag Steve, and even Ermahgerd Girl, who turned out not to have a disorder, but simply to have fun with a friend.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending, as the meme’s subject posted an inspirational message on his Twitter account, saying that he managed to overcome his illness, becoming a father of two, and a successful business owner in the meanwhile.
He noted how distasteful the meme was, claiming that if he were a real meth addict, he might have taken it much more hardly than he did.
Additionally, to prove that there is still some human decency on the internet, the man who started the whole affair by tweeting the meme for the first time apologized to Mitchell, and was promptly forgiven.
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